Whittington Health NHS Trust in North London has announced the appointment of former nurse and primary care expert Siobhan Harrington as its new chief executive.
She will take up post on 16 September, succeeding current incumbent Simon Pleydell.
“I am looking forward to working with staff, the local community and partners”
A nurse by background, Siobhan, is described by the trust as having extensive healthcare experience at national, regional and local level.
She has been deputy chief executive and director of strategy at Whittington Health for the past three years. Ms Harrington joined Whittington Health in 2006 as director of primary care.
She has also held positions with the Department of Health, the national primary care development team and was the lead for improving access to primary care across London.
In addition, she was director of primary care at the former Haringey Teaching Primary Care Trust prior to coming to Whittington Health.
Since arriving at the trust, which runs the Whittington Hospital in Archway, she has been credited with leading a number of key developments.
She has successfully led the transaction for integrating community and hospital services, the development of services outside the hospital, the hospital’s urgent care centre model and is currently leading on the Islington and Haringey Health and Wellbeing Partnership.
Former nurse to become next chief exec at the Whittington
Whittington Health chair Steve Hitchins said Ms Harrington’s appointment was “well supported and unanimous”.
“I and the rest of the board are looking forward to working with Siobhan in her new role building on the foundations we have all worked so hard on during Simon’s time at the Whittington,” he said. “I am really pleased at Siobhan’s appointment.”
Ms Harrington said “As someone who has been brought up in North London, and lived and worked here for many years, it is a great privilege to become the chief executive of Whittington Health.
“I am looking forward to working with staff, the local community and partners to ensure we have the best community and hospital services that help local people live longer healthier lives,” she said.
“I aim to continue Whittington Health’s journey of improvement, innovation, integrating care with local partners and progressing the Haringey and Islington Wellbeing Partnership,” she added.